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Youngster completes 100km Sahara trek raising £5k

31 Mar 2015

Young fundraiser completes 100km Sahara trek to raise £5k for Guide Dogs.

Freddie Treks Across A Dune

Young Freddie, from Rugby in Warwickshire has completed a grueling 100km trek across the Moroccan Sahara Desert to raise money for Guide Dogs.

Freddie On A DuneFreddie Cannell, aged nine, completed the four day trek with his parents, dad Matt and mum Lynne, in March 2015. The incredible challenge has since raised more than £5,000 for the charity.

The trek consisted of four long days walking in the desert heat. The fundraisers only had the help of a camel named Rooney to carry their equipment and spent their nights sleeping in tents in the desert.

Freddie said of the trek: “Some days were very long and tough in the heat, especially when I got sunburn and blisters, but I kept going. I rode on Rooney when it got really bad. Being on a bumpy camel when you feel sick isn’t very nice though.”

Freddie In His Treking GearHe said setting up camp was fun and he made a lot of friends while he was away.

“Climbing ‘Eric’, the largest sand dune in the area at 200 metres high, was a high point for me. The whole experience was amazing.”

The family are long-time supporters of Guide Dogs, having boarded ten guide dogs in training over the years, including their current student, Kiki. They are also volunteers of their local Guide Dogs fundraising branch in Leamington Spa.

On fundraising for Guide Dogs Freddie said: “Guide Dogs helps blind and partially-sighted people and I love the thought that I can help a charity that changes people's lives.”

You can still sponsor Freddie or read more about the story at the Facebook page.

Freddie Takes A Break In Front Of Some Spectacular Views


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